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The Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories is hosting a visiting lecture by Professor Anna Philpott, Deputy Head of the Department of Oncology, Hutchinson / MRC Research Centre, Cambridge BioMedical Campus, University of Cambridge, UK.

Date:     Friday, 28 September, 2018
Time:    3.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue:  First Floor Lecture Theatre (1059a/1059b), Adelaide Health & Medical Sciences Bldg
Title:     Controlling the balance between proliferation and differentiation in development and cancer

Prof Anna Philpott is a developmental biologist with a long-standing interest in how cells in developing embryos control the decision to divide or to differentiate in co-ordination with cell cycle events, as well as how this co-ordination is subverted in cancers. Her research studies also focus on fundamental mechanisms that allow co-ordination of the cell cycle and differentiation in early development. Recently, Prof Philpott has identified cyclin-dependent kinase-dependent phosphorylation of proneural transcription factors as a critical fulcrum that co-ordinates cell cycle exit and differentiation. This control is subverted in cancers, in particular the paediatric tumour neuroblastoma, and offers a potential new approach to treating this devastating disease.

Prof Philpott’s research work is conducted in multiple systems, and in particular Xenopus frog eggs and embryos, mammalian ES cells, 3D organoids and genetically engineered mice to understand regulation of proliferation versus differentiation at the biochemical, epigenetic, cell and tissue level. Prof Philpott graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA degree in Natural Sciences in 1988 and a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology in 1991. She held post-doctoral fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Centre in 1992, moving to the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School in 1993. Prof Philpott returned to the University of Cambridge in 1998 to a Lectureship in the Department of Oncology, where she is currently Professor of Cancer and Developmental Biology and Deputy Head of Department.

All welcome!

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Please join us for the September Men’s Health Research Lunchtime Seminar

Our speakers are:
Mrs Holly Evans 
FFCMH PhD candidate – Behavioural Psychology/Preventative Health group “Development and evaluation of ‘Exercise Guide’: An individualised web-based exercise guidance tool for men with metastatic prostate cancer”

Speaker 2:  Mr Sonnay Uy   “The FFCMH data repository – purpose and procedures”

When:  Thursday Sept 27, 2018  12:10 – 1.30pm
Where: Level 6, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building AMHS 6052a/6052b

Open to all.  Students internal and external to the Centre are encouraged to attend this multidisciplinary seminar series.

Light lunch provided.

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The Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health is offering scholarships to support students to undertake Summer Vacation Research Projects in 2018-2019.  University of Adelaide and Non-University of Adelaide students are eligible to apply.

Men’s health research projects will be based at SAHMRI and the Health and Medical Sciences Building at the University of Adelaide. A summary of the projects available may be found here.

Projects are available in the areas of

  • Prostate cancer
  • Gender and health
  • Cardiovascular, neurological and urological disease
  • Social marketing
  • Science communications
  • Statistics and randomised clinical trials

The summer projects, which are for a minimum of 6 weeks over the vacation period, offer many benefits to students. These include providing students with the opportunity to develop essential research skills and gain invaluable experience in a research environment to assist with their studies and guide decisions about career goals and pathways to achieving these.

Honours research projects and scholarships are also open.  Students interested in undertaking an Honours Program in 2019 should contact the Centre to be put in contact with potential supervisors in their area of research interest.  Projects are available in all of the men’s health research programs offered by the Centre.  Scholarships are also available, and students are encouraged to contact the Centre as soon as possible to register their interest.

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The Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories is hosting a visiting lecture by Professor Jennifer Richer, Head Scientist and Co-Director of the Cancer Center Pathology Core, in the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado. Date:          Friday, August 17, 2018 Time:         3.00-4.00pm Location:   Verco Lecture Theatre (G033), […]

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Please join us for the July Men’s Health Research Lunchtime Seminar Our speakers are: Ms Megan McIntosh  PhD candidate “Men’s experiences with prostate cancer and active surveillance: Developing a supportive care tool to address unmet needs and increase satisfaction” Speaker 2: To be advised When:  Thursday July 26, 2018  12:10 – 1.30pm Where: Level 6, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences […]

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Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health (FFCMH) member Dr Arel Aref (PhD candidate and medical oncologist, Prostate Cancer Research Group, SAHMRI) with colleagues from the Centre, the South Australian Prostate Cancer Clinical Outcomes Collaborative (SA-PCCOC), the Uni of Sydney, and Prof Peter Sutherland (senior Urologist) has published his first paper from his PhD research showing that […]

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The Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health is pleased to announce that it is now a member of the Global Action on Men’s Health (GAMH).  GAMH is an initivae of the Men’s Health Forum (UK) and we thank the Men’s Health Forum, and in particular Peter Baker (DIrector), for inviting us to come on board. GAMH is […]

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Congratulations to Centre members NHMRC ECR Dr Phillip Tully and Professor Deb Turnbull, and Associate Professor Nick Burns on being awarded a research grant to investigate dementia risk and preventative drug treatments.  The grant funding is provided for by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), USA.   The ADDF catalyses and funds drug discovery and drug development […]

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The Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health acknowledges SA Health for its ongoing commitment to the men’s health agenda here in South Australia. In April, Professor Paddy Phillips, Chief Medical Officer / Chief Public Health Officer at SA Health announced a new Men’s Health Ambassador, Robbie Gray, midfielder for the Port Adelaide Football Club.  Robbie came on board as […]

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Please join us for the June Men’s Health Research Lunchtime Seminar     Our speakers are: Ms Jessica Heatlie  PhD candidate (Uni of SA) “Movements of the androgen receptor and its role in the pathogenesis of prostate cancer” Ms Rayzel Fernadez  PhD candidate (Uni of Adelaide)  “A miR-194 regulated transcriptional network promotes prostate cancer metastasis” Mr Matthew […]

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